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Tamron Blog: How Close Can You Get?

We're putting the close focus distance of the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 MACRO 1:1 Di VC USD lens to the test today while spending some time at home, photographing ornaments.

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5 Full Body Bw Edited | 1/80 sec | f/4.0 | 90.0 mm | ISO 200

We have another project for you to try while we're spending a bit more time at home and all you need is a table, macro lens, window light and an interesting ornament. We're using the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens and as well as demonstrating how to photograph an ornament, we're also giving you a bit of a bonus look at how well this lens' close-focusing performs which will take us nicely onto our next blog entries over the coming weeks which will look at macro photography in more detail. 


First Up, Backgrounds 

As we did when photographing Snowdrops indoors, you need to pay attention to the background as other household items will just distract. Rick's walls are grey in his house and clutter-free so busy backgrounds weren't an issue and a simple dark table was used that's a little reflective to bounce light up and add a little more interest to the shot. 


Natural Light Is Your Friend

Window light can be the simplest options when it comes to lighting set-ups as it's free, can be diffused easily with voile or something similar and there's a lot of it. Try to not to set-up too close to windows, however, as even on cloudy days, direct light can be too harsh. Our image was lit side-on so you can see plenty of detail as well as a mixture of shadow/highlights in the shot. 


Look For Different Angles

Capturing an image of the whole ornament is perfectly fine but you can also extend your shoot time by exploring different views, angles and focusing distances. With the Tamron lens, we were able to focus down to the eye of the Whippet giving us 4 images from the 1 subject. 

Many macro lenses do not focus so well at close range, but with the Tamron lens, Rick never felt the need to move to manual focus which made the shoot much easier.


4 Closest Focus | 1/50 sec | f/8.0 | 90.0 mm | ISO 200
Closest Focus | 1/50 sec | f/8.0 | 90.0 mm | ISO 200

3 Closer Still | 1/25 sec | f/8.0 | 90.0 mm | ISO 200
Closer Still | 1/25 sec | f/8.0 | 90.0 mm | ISO 200


2 Closer | 1/100 sec | f/4.0 | 90.0 mm | ISO 200
Closer | 1/100 sec | f/4.0 | 90.0 mm | ISO 200


1 Full Body | 1/80 sec | f/4.0 | 90.0 mm | ISO 200
Full Body | 1/80 sec | f/4.0 | 90.0 mm | ISO 200

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